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3 Marcus Mariota
40 Brett Hundley
86 Bryce Petty
125 Garrett Grayson
144 Shane Carden
197 Sean Mannion
237 Connor Halliday
284 Brandon Bridge
297 Jerry Lovelocke
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NFL 2015 Mock Draft Round 1
Selections 1-16

March 25, 2015
2015 Consensus Mock Draft #20

Two items of note of interest to Draftniks have come out of the NFL owners meeting in Scottsdale. First, the compensatory picks for the 2015 NFL season have been announced. The Cincinnati Bengals did well, collecting an additional 3rd and 4th round pick. The Kansas City Chiefs were just a step behind, adding a 3rd and two 5th rounders.

Secondly, the NFL has produced the final 2015 NFL Draft selection order. For the past few months a number of the later round picks have been penciled in in a speculative manner. CMD#20 has been updated to include the compensatory awards, as well as the finalized roster of draft picks.

1 Tampa Bay
Jameis Winston
    Florida St
    QB
    Reach/Value:     +0
Height:
6'3"
Weight:
228
Alternate Pick #1
Marcus Mariota
Alternate Pick #2
Dante Fowler Jr
Although HC Lovie Smith claims that the Bucs are looking at players at positions other than quarterback, or even trade-down possibilities, he's not selling it very convincingly. But the Bucs did provide a stop on the Marcus Mariota World Tour, and in fact sent a number of representatives to Eugene, OR for his campus workout. We've slammed the choice of Jameis Winston with this pick pretty much every week for all the obvious reasons, but we are coming around to the notion that the Bucs need to select a QB here, be it WInston or Mariota. The fact that both are flawed keeps Smith and GM Jason Licht up at night. But despite Winston's poor stats in 2014, maybe it's nothing that a couple of stud 6'5" receivers can't fix. Oh, and maybe a couple more quality linemen.
2 Tennessee
Marcus Mariota
    Oregon
    QB
    Reach/Value:     +0
Height:
6'4"
Weight:
211
Alternate Pick #1
Randy Gregory
Alternate Pick #2
Kevin White
Orakpo and Derrick Morgan both signed on with Tennessee, lessening the immediate need for an edge rusher and allowing the Titans to shift their focus to other areas of need. If they don't draft an edge player, it will come down to Leonard Williams and whichever quarterback is left over. With Winston being the heavy favorite to be drafted by Tampa Bay, that leaves Mariota as the other choice. Ken Whisenhunt recently said that IF the Titans draft Mariota, they would start him right away. Now, he's likely just playing politics and trying not to give away Tennessee's plans, but that is a strong statement, considering the system Mariota will be transitioning from. It's clear on film that Mariota has all the skills and tools, but adjusting to the NFL speed and consistently having to progress through reads will be steep hills for him to climb.
3 Jacksonville
Leonard Williams
    USC
    DE43
    Reach/Value:     +0
Height:
6'4"
Weight:
290
Alternate Pick #1
Dante Fowler Jr
Alternate Pick #2
Leonard Williams
Don't worry Jag Fans, the signing of Jared Odrick will not prohibit the team from selecting who many consider the best player in the draft, USC's Leonard Williams. Both Odrick and Williams are versatile big men who can play anywhere along the line. And with Sen'Derrick Marks and Roy Miller both on the mend from leg injuries, the aforementioned big men would more than hold down the fort. Adding Williams to this ascending defense could take them from being relatively unknown to the NFL taking notice to what's happening in North Florida. Should Dave Caldwell want to go in a different direction and go with a more traditional edge rusher they could consider Florida's Dante Fowler. Fowler would fit Gus Bradley's defensive scheme playing the hybrid linebacker/ D-End position. Either player would represent a significant upgrade for Bradley's defense.
4 Oakland
Kevin White
    West Virginia
    WRF
    Reach/Value:     +0
Height:
6'3"
Weight:
209
Alternate Pick #1
Amari Cooper
Alternate Pick #2
Dante Fowler Jr
In 2011, Stefen Wisniewski was jokingly referred to as the most predictable second round draft pick of all time. While Kevin White still has some territory to go before he captures that description as it relates to the first round, this is quickly becoming a "predictable" pick --though Raider fans hope it bears more fruit than the 2011 legacy selection. The cause for consensus forming behind White is clear: With quarterback Derek Carr desperately needing the first Oakland target capable of hauling in 1,000 yards since Randy Moss, eyes are quickly drawn to the big-bodied White, whose 4.35 forty helped him supplant the smaller, slower (and more polished) Cooper as the draft's top receiver. Leonard Williams, Cooper, and trading down will be considered here, but White to the Raiders makes too much sense at this point.
5 Washington
Randy Gregory
    Nebraska
    OLB34
    Reach/Value:     -1
Height:
6'4"
Weight:
235
Alternate Pick #1
Dante Fowler Jr
Alternate Pick #2
Amari Cooper
Pete Prisco of CBS said it best; "The Redskins need a speed rusher in the worst way." In fact, the Redskins are in the perfect position to draft a crafty, speedy edge rusher like Randy Gregory. Not only did they beef up the defensive line in Free Agency, but they have an effective run-down OLB in Trent Murphy. In essence, Randy Gregory can spend the first year (or two) of his development as a third-down specialist and/or sub-package player very similar to the way the 49ers used Aldon Smith early in his career. Gregory will be able to take time to bulk up and find his ideal playing weight before becoming an every-down linebacker at the next level. According to most, Gregory is the most varied pass-rusher in the draft, and also has the highest ceiling of any OLB in the 2015 class.
6 NY Jets
Dante Fowler Jr
    Florida
    OLB34
    Reach/Value:     -1
Height:
6'3"
Weight:
261
Alternate Pick #1
Vic Beasley
Alternate Pick #2
Amari Cooper
As FA starts to die down, we are left under no illusion as to what our new GM sees as this team's major weakness. The Jets signed a plethora of DB's, including prodigal sons Revis and Cromartie, to beef up our terrible pass defense. They also re-signed David Harris and tendered Damon Harrison. The only missing link appears to be a genuine edge eusher. We are in luck, as this years' class is bursting at the seams with very talented guys. In this CMD, we opt for Florida standout Dante Fowler Jr. Fowler had a very impressive final season (60 tackles, 15 tackles for loss, and 8.5 sacks) which saw him voted team and Defensive MVP. He had the opportunity to show his versatility for the Gators, rushing from all around the field and from a 2- or 3-point stance. ~Rich Tinley, Jets Analyst
7 Chicago
Amari Cooper
    Alabama
    WRF
    Reach/Value:     +0
Height:
6'1"
Weight:
211
Alternate Pick #1
DeVante Parker
Alternate Pick #2
Vic Beasley
Even after the trade of B Marshall, WR was still not a draft priority. At the time, the defense was still full of more holes than the plot of a Nic Cage movie. But since then, GM Ryan Pace has started to address those needs: OLB P McPhee, DEs R McDonald & Jarvis Jenkins, OL depth, and potentially MLB M Foster. Suddenly for the Bears, drafting the BPA makes alot of sense --and Cooper may be that player. More than just the product of an elite program, Cooper has been an All-American performer against the best in College Football. At 6'1, 200, he may lack top end size to be an X-receiver, however, he shows a great knack for moving around the field and running all parts of the route tree (read this excellent analysis). With Alshon Jeffery already in place, the Bears would be able to use Cooper like the Swiss Army Knife-esque weapon that he is.
8 Atlanta
Shane Ray
    Missouri
    DE43
    Reach/Value:     -7
Height:
6'3"
Weight:
245
Alternate Pick #1
Trae Waynes
Alternate Pick #2
Vic Beasley
As the Free Agency dust starts to settle, it's clear that the Falcons are still in the market for a LEO pass rusher for Dan Quinn's defense. Despite adding high ceiling/low floor players like Adrian Clayborn, some steady but uninspiring DE types like O'Brien Schofield, and fan lightning rod Kroy Biermann, the Falcons still need an elite pass rushing talent and once again it is Shane Ray. Ray's Pro Day was only so-so, as he ran a 4.68 forty-yard dash. That makes him the slowest edge player in the top five of this draft class. We will have to see if the Falcons start looking at a guy like Vic Beasley more closely, given his strong measurables at the Combine and over his career. But Ray gives the Falcons an athletic pass rusher whose game tape is very impressive. If Ray's draft position is determined by his game tape, then the explosion and finish he showed at Missouri could make him the Falcons' selection at #8.



9 NY Giants
Trae Waynes
    Michigan St
    CB
    Reach/Value:     +0
Height:
6'1"
Weight:
185
Alternate Pick #1
Brandon Scherff
Alternate Pick #2
T.J. Clemmings
Cornerback is admittedly a bit of an out-of-the-box pick, but the Giants have a history of drafting unexpected players. in the first round. Unless Prince Amukamara's contract is extended, the Giants look periously thin at cornerback in 2016 and beyond. Under Jerry Reese, the Giants have addressed the secondary more often than any other position in RD1: 2007 (Ross), 2008 (Phillips), and 2011 (Amukamara). Waynes is a top 15 talent who has ideal size at 6' and blazing speed (4.31 forty-yard dash). He compares favorably to Antonio Cromartie. The greatest need for the Giants is arguably offensive line, especially at one of the guard spots, but would the Giants spend a premium pick on a guard? Defensive end could also be an option, but Waynes might be the only defensive playmaker who fits the system well and offers the right positional value.
10 St Louis
Brandon Scherff
    Iowa
    LOT
    Reach/Value:     +0
Height:
6'5"
Weight:
320
Alternate Pick #1
T.J. Clemmings
Alternate Pick #2
Jake Fisher
The Rams are a wild-card in the first round of the NFL draft. Are they happy with Nick Foles or did they trade for a bridge quarterback and add ammunition for a possible trade-up? While making a move for Marcus Mariota might make sense, bulking up a weak offensive line makes even more sense. Jake Long is gone in free-agency and the Rams O-line has long been a weak-point on offense. An upgrade to the interior of the O-line would allow the Rams to rely on a strong running game behind Zac Stacy, and perhaps in an expanded role, Tre Mason. Setting up the run will allow Nick Foles to do what he does best; throwing on-the-run out of play-action. If the Rams can add a playmaker at receiver later in the draft, the offensive talent might begin to rival the defesnive talent in St. Louis.
11 Minnesota
Vic Beasley
    Clemson
    OLB43
    Reach/Value:     +3
Height:
6'3"
Weight:
246
Alternate Pick #1
Landon Collins
Alternate Pick #2
T.J. Clemmings
I know the Vikings have Anthony Barr, who is a similar type of player to Vic Beasley. I also know that there are many who believe that Beasley is strictly a 3-4 OLB, but here's what I'm thinking... Could Vic Beasley fit as an OLB in a 4-3 and, if so, wouldn't Mike Zimmer be the exact type of coach who could maximize his immense potential (just like he did with Barr)? We know the Vikings are sniffing around for a pass rusher, and I almost grabbed Bud Dupree here; however, when I thought about how scary it would be for opposing QBs to see Beasley on the field, with Barr, Griffen, Floyd, and company, on passing downs, with a coach like Zimmer, I thought it might be a creative choice, taking the better value on the higher-rated prospect. Let me know what you think via email or on Twitter!
12 Cleveland
DeVante Parker
    Louisville
    WRF
    Reach/Value:     +0
Height:
6'2"
Weight:
209
Alternate Pick #1
T.J. Clemmings
Alternate Pick #2
Danny Shelton
Is anyone in the Dawg Pound buying the Dwayne Bowe Kool-Aid? His last TD catch was December 8, 2013. The Browns need for playmakers is acute, and DeVante Parker has the attention of the Browns' front office. They've interviewed Parker at the Combine, attended his Pro Day, and have scheduled an official visit to their Berea HQ. A polished route runner with 4.45 speed, it's Parker who is most likely to take the Browns' offense to the next level. With White and Cooper predictably off the board in this CMD, Parker becomes the no-brainer pick here, despite some worthy alternatives like Shelton, DGB, Clemmings, and Strong. ~Mike Sudds, Browns Analyst
13 New Orleans
Danny Shelton
    Washington
    DT34
    Reach/Value:     +0
Height:
6'5"
Weight:
339
Alternate Pick #1
Malcom Brown
Alternate Pick #2
Jalen Collins
New Orleans may not be in dire need of a defensive nose tackle, but Danny Shelton at pick #13 is a no-brainer. Shelton takes up space and is a load to control up front. He'll need to improve use of hands and leverage in the NFL in order to become exceptional, but the potential is there. Offenses must account for his presence up front and he forces double-teams. Much is being made of Shelton's recent 5.56 time in the 40. Who cares? The Saints finished 29th in the NFL against the run in 2014 (4.8 yards per carry) so there is obvious room for improvement. However, you don't need sprinter speed to stop the run up front. Ultimately, a rotation of Bunkley-Shelton-Jenkins could help improve that glaring statistical hole for the Saints.
14 Miami
Dorial Green-Beckham
    Oklahoma
    WRF
    Reach/Value:     -10
Height:
6'5"
Weight:
225
Alternate Pick #1
Melvin Gordon
Alternate Pick #2
Jaelen Strong
The Dolphins were one of the most active NFL teams the past month, making cuts (WRs Hartline, Gibson; OG Smith; LB Wheeler; DT Starks), signing Free Agents (DT Suh, TE Cameron), and trades (LB Ellerbe to Saints for WR Stills; WR Wallace to Vikings). While Miami added an inexpensive and explosive weapon in Stills (23rd ranked WR, 4th in catch %, 15th best WR rating by Pro Football Focus), he essentially just replaces Wallace. Sure, Landry looks like a gem, but that's about it. Hazel is an unknown and Matthews is a special teams/depth player. The Front Office has met with Free Agent WR Crabtree and will be doing so soon with Jennings. The need is there. Green-Beckham comes with risks but his size and raw abilities cannot be taught (route-running and strength can be improved, however). He was the #1-ranked recruit in 2012 for a reason.
15 San Francisco
T.J. Clemmings
    Pittsburgh
    LOT
    Reach/Value:     +4
Height:
6'5"
Weight:
309
Alternate Pick #1
Jaelen Strong
Alternate Pick #2
Jalen Collins
49ers' owner Jed York recently said that in 2014 under Jim Harbaugh, the 49ers got away from their strengths. In this latest CMD, GM Trent Baalke and HC Jim Tomsula take a leap of faith that re-establishing a strong run game to balance the offense and protect QB Colin Kaepernick will return the franchise to the Super Bowl. Clemmings (6'5 , 309 lbs, 35" arms) is a technically-raw but athletically-gifted lineman after transferring from the defensive side of the ball 2 years ago. With 2 years of RT play at Pittsburgh, Clemmings is viewed by many scouts as just scratching the surface of his potential. The 49ers will utilize Clemmings to replace Mike Iupati who was lost to Free Agency. Clemmings has been compared by scouts to outstanding tackles such as Duane Brown, Sebastian Vollmer, and Lane Johnson.
16 Houston
Jaelen Strong
    Arizona St
    WRF
    Reach/Value:     -12
Height:
6'4"
Weight:
205
Alternate Pick #1
Melvin Gordon
Alternate Pick #2
Malcom Brown
One last time, goodbye Andre, thank you for the memories! We wish you the best with Luck and hope you finish second in your division the rest of your career, the first spot is ours. Jaelen Strong may not be on Dre's level, but a WR core with Hopkins and Strong out wide with Shorts III in the slot would give the Texans the best group of WRs in team history. With room to develop! At 6'4 and 200+lbs, Jaelen has a 42" vertical, runs a 4.4, over powers defenders on 50/50 balls, maintains body control, and catches with his hands. Not only does Jaelen have good measurables, he shows up in big games when his team needs him most. Mr. Strong sounds very similar to the man he is replacing. The timing of Andre's release could not have occurred at a better time for Houston. ~CME, Texans' Analyst.

Traded Round 1 Picks:
Cleveland gets Buffalo 1st round pick (Sammy Watkins)
New Orleans gets Seattle 1st Round pick (Jimmy Graham trade)

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Top-40 Players
Psn
9 Brandon Scherff
Iowa
ROT
18 Melvin Gordon
Wisconsin
RBF
28 Carl Davis
Iowa
DE34
34 Maxx Williams
Minnesota
TE
35 Randy Gregory
Nebraska
OLB34
55 Tevin Coleman
Indiana
RBF
68 Devin Funchess
Michigan
WRF
69 Ameer Abdullah
Nebraska
RBC
70 Devin Smith
Ohio State
WRF
80 Rob Havenstein
Wisconsin
ROT
105 Taiwan Jones
Michigan State
ILB
114 Doran Grant
Ohio State
CB
116 Tyler Kroft
Rutgers
TE
120 Kenny Bell
Nebraska
WRF
129 Tony Lippett
Michigan State
WRF
140 David Cobb
Minnesota
RBF
151 Ibraheim Campbell
Northwestern
SS
166 Stefon Diggs
Maryland
WRF
176 Jake Ryan
Michigan
OLB43
177 Deion Barnes
Penn State
OLB34
194 Jesse James
Penn State
TE
204 Louis Trinca-Pasat
Iowa
DT43
217 Curtis Grant
Ohio State
ILB
230 Ryan Russell
Purdue
DE43
252 Mike Hull
Penn State
OLB43
278 Andrew Donnal
Iowa
LOT
288 Chi Chi Ariguzo
Northwestern
OLB43
289 Cedric Thompson
Minnesota
FS
292 Warren Herring
Wisconsin
DT43
303 Sam Ficken
Penn State
PK
317 Frank Clark
Michigan
DE43
326 Yannik Cudjoe-Virgil
Maryland
OLB43
329 Zach Zwiniak
Penn State
FB
340 Darius Kilgo
Maryland
DT43
347 Keith Mumphery
Michigan State
WRF
356 Cameron Botticelli
Minnesota
DE34
369 Devin Gardner
Michigan
WRF
372 Kyle Costigan
Wisconsin
OG
381 Brandon Vitabile
Northwestern
OC
382 Deon Long
Maryland
WRF
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